Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold
Veteran’s Day

I’m giving myself the day off today from writing. I’m not overly tired (slept in this morning, in spite of the cats), I feel fine. I just want a day off, and, since I’m where I need to be on Nano, I don’t have to stress about that. Although I’m a little behind on some of my other deadlines, nothing is in serious jeopardy yet, and taking a day off to recharge – while I’m still feeling good, instead of waiting until I’m totally depleted – will, I think, be a good choice.

Looking back at previous Nanos, I usually give myself a day off around now.

I’m in the process of cleaning up links. Of course, the people who are worried are the ones who are regular visitors, and whom I regularly visit, so don’t worry!

I deleted one particular site in a fit of pique on Saturday night, and felt as though a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. The person who runs this site considers it networking to “allow” visitors to comment, doesn’t respond to emails (“too busy”), publicly wails anytime said site is criticized, and plays nasty jokes on people. In addition to all of that, the site discriminates, in my opinion, claiming to support a wide-ranging profession, when, in fact, it’s geared to a small, specific cadre. That’s fine, it’s your site, do whatever the heck you want, but don’t be hypocritical about it, and don’t pretend you’re generous when you’re not. Ultimately, in addition to feeling there was enormous hypocrisy involved, I also found the site no longer met my needs – the reasons beyond networking that the site touts as its mission. Add that frustration to what I consider hypocrisy, and it simply isn’t worth the time. Why hop onto a site that only makes you feel angry, frustrated, and screwed? Buh-bye! I’ve been frustrated for months, when the release to it all was simply to not engage. So that was an important lesson, and I’m actually in the process of deleting several sites I enjoy, but which do not reciprocate, from my list.

Yesterday was a long darned day at the theatre, but I had a blast. Not only did I get to work with some actors I’ve admired for a long time (some of them, literally, for decades, true Legends of the Theatre), but I met a bunch of new people, and a lot of the crew were people I’d worked with years ago and not seen lately. It was old home week. There was a lot to do – I wound up primarily dressing the lead of the show. Even though it was a reading, which means they carried their scripts – the woman had quick changes. But she’s sweet and bright and lovely, we connected right off, she trusted me to figure out how to do the change, remembered everything I told her, and, when an extra change was tossed at us during the performance, we figured it out. I had six people on my side of the stage, although my primary focus was the female lead with all the changes. Almost everyone was lovely and low-key about it all, glad to know someone was there if they needed something, but not particularly demanding or high-maintenance.

The reading was of a film script of a famous film that starred Bette Davis. I had seen it years ago and enjoyed it, but, listening to it yesterday, I forgot how funny much of it is. Now, I have to go back and rent it.

All in all, it was a lovely day, and I’m glad I was included.

I got home around midnight, puttered around for a bit (too wired to go to sleep).

I’m sure I’ll wind up writing something today, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself. I have some research to do and questions to get out for a series of interviews I’m doing the second week in December on A Biblio Paradise, but, other than that, I’m finally in a position where I can take a day off “just because.”


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  1. I know the site in question, Devon. I too felt increasing frustration with the one-sided nature of the interactions there. No thanks. I’d much rather network with people who are genuinely wanting to be helpful and friendly.

  2. Good for you! Amen! You deserve a good day of NON writing! Enjoy!

  3. Yay on a good day at the theater!

    Those no-pressure days tend to be the ones when I get the most done (but if I had them too often, I’d actually start using them as non-writing days and where would I be then?)

    Have a great day, Devon!

  4. If anyone deserves time out for five minutes, it’s you. Enjoy your day off 🙂

  5. You absolutely deserve a break and it’s great that you decided to take it! You get more done in an hour than I do in an entire day – I’m not sure how you manage to do it all!

  6. You SO deserve a day off. I hope you enjoy yourself!

  7. I love Bette Davis, and my favorite film of hers is ALL ABOUT EVE. Was it that one? d:)

  8. Glad you took a day off! It’s nice to recharge! Next week I’m thinking writing will be sparse, so no days off for me this week.

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